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 Two jailed for physical abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre


Two men have been jailed for physically abusing young men at the former Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett.

The pair, who were both discipline officers, were convicted of physically abusing inmates at the centre during the 1970s and 1980s following two trials at Teesside Crown Court.

Brian Johnson Greenwell, 71, and Alan Bramley, 70, were two of five, now retired, officers to be convicted over their involvement in the abuse that youngsters suffered at the centre.

Greenwell was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison while Bramley jailed for 18 months.

Three other officers were jailed for more than 14 years two weeks ago having also been convicted at trial.

Christopher Onslow, 73, who was given an eight-and-a-half year sentence after being found guilty of three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH), one of inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH), one of wounding with intent to cause GBH and two counts of misconduct in a public office.

John McGee, 75, was found guilty of misconduct in a public office and assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was sentenced to two years and eight months behind bars.

Kevin Blakely, 67, was found guilty of two counts of misconduct in a public office, which covered a number of violent incidents, and was jailed for two years and nine months.

An investigation into allegations of abuse at the detention centre, which closed in 1988, was launched by Durham Constabulary in August 2013.

Named Operation Seabrook, it is now one of the largest investigations of its kind in the UK, costing in excess of £1million.

So far, 1,784 men have come forward to police to report allegations of abuse while detained at the centre.

Speaking during sentencing at Teesside Crown Court today, Judge Howard Crowson praised the work of Durham Constabulary officers, saying it must have been a very difficult case.

All five men have submitted appeals against their convictions. These appeals are ongoing.